A bit of a curate’s egg, this one.
The good news, I guess, is that I did the 5 minute runs. I did them, and didn’t stop, although I was kind of glad the last minute was the last minute when I got there, but I never felt that I had to stop and couldn’t go on. And I caught up and overtook a woman walking across the common, who had been a speck in the distance! It’s amazing how far you get in just 5 minutes. And the dribbling, I don’t normally think about my breathing much, but I must have been running with my mouth open, as I was dribbling out of the corner of my mouth a bit towards the end of the first 5 minutes. Nice!
I was covering so much more ground that I had to improvise a route, and I ended up running “off road” across the open common ground towards my familiar track, and it was tussocky and a bit difficult and I stopped running halfway through my second 3 minute run. I gave in to a gremlin basically. It was only for 20 seconds or so, maybe 30 seconds and then I started running again when I was back on the track, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
I also had my main road issue, so extended the walk before the final run in order to cross safely. No more than a minute though.
So *fairly* pleased with that, and I have proved to myself that I can run for 5 minutes. I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to.
It was tough though. It felt like the toughest run for some time. I’m glad I have a 2-day rest now.
I’ll also be glad when the weather starts to warm up a bit. I’m getting a bit sick of frosty, icy runs.